Proper Gull Gets Proper Fish

Ok, the title is a little unfair on the herring gull featured in this post, but a goldfish is not really how one imagines the tooth and claw of nature. And the herring gull in the earlier is more than likely very acclimatized to human interaction. Unlike today’s subject, a fine great black-backed gull fishing off the shore at Rottingdean.

rottingdean shoreline

View along from Rottingdean to Brighton

The black-backed gull was out during late afternoon when the tide was out. At first I thought it was attacking a plastic bag (far too many of them litter the shoreline), but on closer inspection it was clear it had found itself a proper flatfish (dab? flounder? I’m not sure).

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull and fish at Rottingdean

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull

Great black-backed gull moving the fish to a better spot

Great black-backed gull

It’s a bit rubbery, as they say…

Camera note: all gull photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Landscape taken with the EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens and 10 point filter.

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  1. Darko August 9, 2016 at 1:18 am #

    The other day, while sitting in a pub with a friend, I’ve seen a herring gull holding a starfish so big there is no way it could swallow it. Even though I’ve seen a gull swallowing one back few years ago. This one was just too big. Gull was standing there for some time and then left, probably trying to figure out what to do with such enormous catch.

    • Words August 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

      I’m surprised it didn’t try the trick our gulls use with crabs… drop them from a great height and then go and retrieve what’s left!